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By on March 21, 2006, with 52 Comments

At first glaze you’ll probably see some different color stripes in this pic. You’ll see pink, blue, orange, green. Better look closer. Actually, the GREEN and the BLUE are of the same shade! If you bring your head closer to the screen, you’ll see that the green/blue stripes actually go across the entire image. This is an example of the strongest eye tricks that show us how surrounding colors can make their neighbour colors look completely different! This illusion was originally created by coolopticalillusions.

Candy Stripes Illusion


52 Responses
  1. Kuroneko says:

    The whole trick here is the use of a technique known as retinal mixing. It is the nature of color to react to surrounding colors. This means that the color we think we see depends entirely on the entire color scheme used around it.

  2. Meg says:

    What blue? I don’t see any blue. *twitch twitch*

  3. caffenated-cat says:

    Arr..whenever I look at the green, the green I’m not looking at is “blue,” and when I go to look at the “blue,” it turns green! @.@

  4. Sof says:

    who ever caffenated-cat is…you’re not alone! That’s what happened to me too!

  5. colleen says:

    me too! oh man, my head hurts

  6. Hai says:

    *o* whooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…………

  7. Rayne says:

    oh… that’s cool! But I thought that they were two different shades of green, not green and blue. And to me, the pink looks purple. Is that the illusion or just my eyes? lol ;)

  8. M 2 the H O says:

    agree with rayne. 2 diff shades, but if u put ur head a bit away from the screen, orange seems 2 be pink, and pink looks purple, or is that just me?

  9. M 2 the H O says:

    i tried that myself on paint and it works there 2!

  10. dude says:

    huh???????? i don’t see anything…but the orange on the pink looks pink if you back away from the screan. Am i right????

  11. *-* says:

    wat? i dont see anything,,, i mean the blues or greens. i dont get it

  12. adjkhfamlg says:


  13. brendan says:

    get closer to the screen, and you’ll see why they are the same color

  14. Bennoth says:

    WHAT?., blue?, either i am coulorblind or i am not seeing it right!,, it just hurts to look at!!

  15. 13 year old kid says:

    I dont see it.

  16. My Name says:

    I get it, its very good

  17. funkee says:

    omg!!! it freax u rite out & makes my peanut brain hurt suverly owwwwww!!!!!!

  18. Pandas says:

    seen something like this b4. pretty cool. made my eyes hurt trying to focus on the stripes though X[

  19. Ashlee says:

    Ooooo-La-La! :)

  20. Squelchbaker says:

    That’s trippy.

  21. Tunny says:

    ahh i got a headache n dizzyness AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. The 9 year old CherrySoda says:

    *_*Wow…I♥Optical Illusions!

  23. hot stuff says:

    wat i dont even see a blue colour

  24. plop says:

    copy this picture and then paste it using paint and there is purple red AND green

  25. Anonymous says:

    Confusing! I have a headache!

  26. Leon says:

    yeah. i find if i focus on the blue/green lines. they all appear the same colour after a few secs.

  27. Card Magic Tricks says:

    Amazing what the eyes can see

  28. Real McCot says:

    At first i didnt know what it was talkin about. But after lookin at it like 3 times, i finally seen it.

  29. Anonymous says:

    If you look at it full size the colors look the same.

  30. mitchell... says:

    If you are drunk while doing this, you may only see Red…. Well… CHANGE THE PICTURE BEFORE YOU GO BLIND!

  31. oscar says:

    Its usual but amazing like magic: Choose a white area on your pc/tv screen, take a magnifying glass, and zoom it. You will see only coloured points, none of them white. Where is white color? It must be there, in fact! As you close the glass to the screen, points get smaller and voilĂ , white color appears when eyes mix all small colors. Your neurons think their own way, and many times you don’t notice it!

  32. blue less says:

    I can’t see the blue!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Dont see an illusion
    just blue, green, purple, and orange stripes

  34. Erin says:

    i know how it works, but its still kinda cool.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Meg is right i dont see any BLOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  36. SEXY GURL says:


  37. Anonymous says:

    I feel dead sick just looking at it again

  38. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see anything! just those same colors! O.O

  39. Anonymous says:


  40. Anonymous says:

    Cool, I have great pictures of EPCOT (Disney World) and their beutiful (very) green gardens. I’d read somewhere that Kodak had desingned a special color pavement paint so the grass would look greener and, until today, coundn’t understand how.

  41. Maddie says:

    Well I am color blind so it all looks shades of green to me…. sorry to all of you that wanted this to be an explanation… :) :)

  42. Michelle says:


  43. Maddie (again) says:

    Well, aparently I already commented on this one, but I must again. I took a test and I am NOT color blind so… Well that is very cool still. Ya. Love your posts. Read them all the time. On my iGoogle page.

  44. Molly says:

    as long and hard as I satre at this, there’s still green and blue. or a lighter, greener green and more of a sea foam green. but diffrent shades. maybe it’s my computer. maybe it’s me. and I’d prolly call that pink magenta.

  45. Jinx says:

    WOW. It really DOES work!

  46. someone says:


  47. WOW, I love these illusions. They’re such an amazing example of how our brain makes weird connections. Or is the fault in our eye. Just to show, the world is not always as we perceive it!

  48. Staticwolf says:

    This isn’t so much of the mind as your computer screen. The LCD’s appear different colours depending on where you look at them from (ie, below or above the screen). Anyone with an old CRT monitor would have trouble with this one working…

  49. Ajidicia says:

    It does not depend on the screen : you’ll have the exact same effect on an CRT.

    Basically, it’s not a “brain” effect, but an “eye” effect, because the melt of colors (which explain the effect) occurs directly on the retina, as soon as the definition of the picture is higher than the definition of the retina. (that’s why the effect can disapear when we look closer)

  50. Sylvan says:

    Ouch. It’s so bright. It makes my eyes hurt, but I can’t see the illusion

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